USA Today - 10/19/1994
"...Garland is stunning as the girl in love with the boy next door..."
Entertainment Weekly - 04/09/2004
"[Garland is] beautifully made-up and costumed, subtle for once, and often very funny."
Premiere - 05/01/2004
"The ultimate family musical, full of laughs and heartbreaks and scares..."
Uncut - 07/01/2004
"One of the great musicals; and as a movie about childhood, it's up there with THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER..."
Sight and Sound - 08/01/2004
"[A] Technicolor marvel....The film's warmth comes from its depictions of the minutiae of everyday family life..."
Total Film - 01/01/2012 5 stars out of 5 -- "A poignant Judy Garland blazes like a bauble singing 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' in MGM's first musical to interweave songs and plot."
Description by OLDIES.com:
St. Louis, 1903. The well-off Smith family has four beautiful daughters, including Esther and little Tootie. Seventeen-year-old Esther has fallen in love with the boy next door who has just moved in, John. He, however, barely notices her at first. The family is shocked when Mr. Smith reveals that he has been transferred to a nice position in New York - which means that the family has to leave St. Louis and the St. Louis Fair.
MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS is a captivating musical about a St. Louis family at the time of the 1903 World's Fair. Tunes include "Trolley Song," "Boy Next Door," "Have Yourself a Merry Christmas," and others. Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Screenplay, Best Song ("The Trolley Song").
Vincente Minnelli's classic romantic musical about a St. Louis family at the turn of the century. As the two oldest girls fret about boys and love, a darker, more serious cloud appears on the horizon: their father has been offered a job in New York City -- just as the World's Fair is coming to town and making St. Louis the "center of the world". Will they have to leave the home and town they love -- and their new boyfriends'
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MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1994.
The inspiration for MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, Sally Smith Benson's childhood home, was demolished in December 1994, after falling into decay. Five hundred bricks were saved from the site.